This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own.
This back-to-school season, can we talk about shoes for minute? Every school year, it seems to be one of the most important, yet challenging items on our back-to-school list. Truth be told, my kids are really hard on their shoes! They play really hard and it certainly shows when they come home. My oldest also has some pretty strict rules as far as acceptable shoes she can wear for school, so the challenge becomes finding a pair she loves that adhere to the rules. On top of that, it can sometimes seem as though their feet literally grow every 24 hours! So, needless to say, our main objective is always to find shoes that are stylish, comfortable and the perfect fit.
This year, I took my family over to our local DICK’s Sporting Goods ® store, which really helped to take the sting out of the entire shoe shopping process. They had a great selection for us to choose from with some of the hottest trends in footwear- both in-store and online. We were able to find a comfortable pair for my oldest that we all loved and discovered our new go-to source for more shoes once sports season starts!
As I said before, we also have a challenge with their constantly growing feet and want to make sure the shoes we buy are, in fact the perfect fit. If you face the same challenge, you want to remember that while your child’s feet may still be growing, you want to avoid buying shoes that are too big. You also want to make sure that you take your child into the shoe store to get them properly fitted.
Get Your Child’s Feet Measured
Almost every shoe store has a measuring device that will tell you what size shoe your child needs. With that said, you want to use this simply as a guide. This will give you a rough idea of what size may fit. Not all shoe companies are the same. Your child may wear a seven from one company and a six from another.
Check the Toe
You want to make sure your child’s toe isn’t squashed into the front of the shoe. Your child’s toes should come to the part of the shoes before the toe of the shoe tapers. Gently press on the toe of the shoe to find out where your child’s toes are at.
Have Your Child Walk Around
When trying on shoes, you want to have your child put on both shoes and walk around a bit. This will determine if the shoes are rubbing his feet, are too loose, etc. After a walk around, I like to also check the back (heel) of the shoe to determine how much extra space is left. Needless to say, if your child complains of the shoes hurting certain areas of the foot, you may need another size or style.
When finding the perfect shoe fit for kids, you want to remember that it’s not much different than buying shoes for yourself. The good news is that once you get the kids squared away, Dick’s also has a great selection for us grown-ups too!
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